New CPS position statement: The prevention of firearm injuries in Canadian youth / La prévention des blessures par balle chez les jeunes Canadiens

This is a guest post submitted by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).

The Canadian Paediatric Society’s Adolescent Health committee published a new position statement today: The prevention of firearm injuries in Canadian youth (en français: La prévention des blessures par balle chez les jeunes Canadiens).

Firearm injuries are a significant and preventable cause of death in Canada, both in the general population and in youth. This statement reviews the burden of firearm-related injuries in Canadian youth and the elevated risk of completed suicide associated with the presence of a firearm in the home. It also examines the issues of homicide and gang violence, and the risk factors for school shootings. The dangers of non-powder firearms (such as BB guns and air guns), are also reviewed.

News release : www.cps.ca/en/media/release-communique/doctors-should-ask-families-whether-they-have-firearms-at-home

Communiqué de presse : www.cps.ca/fr/media/release-communique/les-medecins-devraient-demander-aux-familles-si-elles-ont-des-armes-a-feu